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What You Need to Know Before Your Pet's Upcoming Surgery
Many people have questions about various aspects of their pet's surgery. We hope this information will help. It explains the decisions you will need to make before your pet's upcoming surgery.
Is the anesthetic safe?
Pre-anesthetic blood testing is important in reducing the risk of anesthesia. Every pet needs blood testing before surgery to ensure the liver and kidneys can handle the anesthetic. Apparently healthy animals can have serious organ system problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. If there is a problem, it is much better to find it before it causes anesthetic or surgical complications. Animals who have a minor dysfunction will handle the anesthetic better if they receive IV fluids during surgery. If serious problems are detected, surgery can be postponed until the problem is corrected.
It is important surgery be done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia. You will need to withhold food for at least eight hours before surgery for adult dogs and cats. Very small puppies and kittens may not need to fast for that many hours. This will be discussed with you prior to the evening before surgery. Your pet may have water until the morning of surgery.
Will my pet have stitches?
Will my pet be in pain?
What other decisions do I need to make?
When you bring your pet in for surgery, you will need 10 to 15 minutes of time to fill out paperwork and make decisions on the other options available. When you pick up your pet after surgery you should also plan to spend about 10 minutes to go over your pet's home care needs.
We will call you the night before your scheduled surgery appointment, to confirm the time you will be dropping your pet off and to answer any questions you might have. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to call us with any questions about your pet's health or surgery.